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    Like most beekeepers in the South I have my share of SHB. But, this year seems diffrent. I run 8 frame equipment, bees are strong but I have noticed SHB Larva on several of the hives in frame 1&8. The bees seemed uninterested in them. The yard has 84 hives in it and this is the first time I have used the location. A couple of yards that have had the same bees in them for a few years are showing the same signs. Kinda ruled out the ground being infested with SHB. It seems to be warmer this year and the humidity has been really bad. Has anyone else in the Southeast noticed and increase in SHB activity? as of today I have loss 5 hives that upon last insepction where strong. Lasted checked 15 days prior. They have been robbed, and someone told me sometimes duirng the robbing process the SHB take the opertunity during the confussing to lay large amounts of eggs. The beetle barns are empty....... Anyone?????
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    we are seeing more SHB this year than last, like you I attribute it to the very early heat and humidity. Seems like they have really come on strong the past few weeks. Get ready, I dont know about your area but in ours the beetles peak in Aug/Sept.... usually our hottest months. Gonna get worse before it gets better.
    A government large enough to provide everything you need is strong enough to take everything you have. T. Jefferson

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    They're bad even this far north.

    As you both already know.....hives in full sun!
    I don't do splits after April 15.
    I don't allow more than two extracting supers on a hive at any time.
    I never 'bottom super'.
    When returning extracted supers I will only put one on a hive.
    The only hives that get a complete inspection after June 15 are the ones that appear to be troubled.
    I want loads of bees in my hives by July. Big bee beards are a comfort.

    I've still lost a few this season to shb. In each case the hive went queenless...failed to successfully make a replacement...and I didn't catch it quickly enough.
    Last edited by beemandan; 07-23-2010 at 10:25 AM.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    I'm in central FL and the SHB are terrible this year. I havn't seen this kind of damage in years. They are taken hives I normally would consider safe. We split heavy this year and we've lost hives with 2-3 frames of capped brood.
    Usually when you've got a queen laying and a good population , you think "that hives on the way". Its been rough keeping them out of queen nucs.Seems like they are picking the weakest hive in the yard. Its got me mumbling some things I probably shouldn't.

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    Spoke with someone today at University of Georgia Bee Research. They made mention about the SHB taking the perfect opertunity during the robbing confussion to lay a large amount of eggs. They also stated theyhave not heard of any SHB issues other then what is normally reported. The beetle barns I placed on the top, botom and middle are empty. As mentioned its a new yard never used. I treated the ground today hoping it will help. I cant understand why the house bees are not remving the larva. Maybe due to the stink of the honey and slim? I have my hives in direct sunlight. I cracked the lids on all of them hoping the light will slow them down a little. We replaced all the frames that had SHB with new frames and foundation. We run wood/wax, some wood, plastic cell. Will let you know how things turn out.

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    What do you use in your beetle barns?
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    I have used combat roach gel with great success right in the center of the beetle barn. They never make it out you will be emptying you barns every 48 hours for a week then once a week you will actualy see the numbers decrease until you have only a couple . I try to keep from using chems if I can ,but I had SHB all over this wa sthe only thing that made a difference.

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    freo11 I do the same its working.Ive been using 4or5 weeks have you been using it longer?Just wondering if I should take it out for awhile.

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    The bees can't get to the roach gel if you're using Beetle Barns or the corrugated sign board traps or the CD case traps. The stuff is approved for food prep areas so I don't believe there's any worry about fumes. The bees like to propolize the Beetle Barn openings but the things work well! Down here we don't ever remove the traps. If we did, the next day the hive would be an SHB farm!

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    Default Re: shb

    I was told to expect to loose 30% of my hives each year to some cause. Maybe I should try to keep a few colonies of small hive beetles and maybe I can manage to loose 30% of them that way!! HAHA!

    Why is it, the good insects you want to keep, struggle to survive, but the bad insects you don't want around, you just cant seem to get rid of?

    Seriously, I don't live in an area with a big shb problem. Those that do, I feel for ya........

    Rob

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    This is a good link to tell you a good way the kill SHB

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/grou...scussionid=165

    Have a Good Day:
    BillyH

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish_stix View Post
    Down here we don't ever remove the traps.
    So you're the guys who're breeding the fipronil resistant beetles. Great.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemandan View Post
    So you're the guys who're breeding the fipronil resistant beetles. Great.
    I'm in Australia. We are not allowed to use fipronil but I too need to keep the traps in all year. Ther SHB does not rest. I use Diatomatious Earth and it is fairly successful.
    I had a look a day ago and noted that few beetles where in the honey box ( not much honey = not much food, I guess) but they where in the brood box.
    I wonder if it is worthwhile to trap ( I use AJ traps) in the top when there is a honey flow and at the entrance when things are a bit slow??

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